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Dateline: Week Of July 15, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

 President Bush names John G. Roberts Jr., a federal appellate judge as choice to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

The launch of the space shuttle discovery is pushed back into late next week after NASA managers decide they could no longer hold engineers and launch workers in a continual countdown status.

The Iraqi Special Tribunal in charge of trying Saddam Hussein for alleged war crimes announce that it had completed its investigation into the first case to be brought against the former Iraqi leader after reviewing piles of documents and interviewing a number of witnesses.

In Baghdad – a man with a bomb strapped to his waist walked up to a fuel tanker and blows himself up, killing 60.

Canada signs gay marriage legislation into law, becoming the fourth nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California dismissed criticism of his $8 million consulting deal with a magazine publisher, saying its much ado about nothing. 

Responding to militant attacks - Israeli forces kill six Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with missile strikes and gunfire.

Passing – Edward Heath (89) – Former British Prime Minister.

 

Technology News – July 15, 2005

Microsoft Corp. says it would buy FrontBridge Technologies Inc., its second acquisition this year of an e-mail anti-virus protection provider. FrontBridge provides an outsourcing service that allows companies to have their e-mails and instant messaging scanned before they reach internal corporate networks. FrontBridge allows companies to back up their messages and comply with regulations.

In its latest version of iTunes, Apple says it now supports podcasts – the ever-growing audio information source.

E-Bay reports a 53% jump in second-quarter profit. Shares rose 14% to $39.82 in trading.

Hidden sex scenes - Retailers begin to pull copies of “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” after the Entertainment software Ratings Board revoked the game’s “Mature” rating and raised it to “Adults Only.” 

Hewlett-Packard says it would cut 14,500 jobs or 10% of its workforce.

MySpace.com a popular place for teens and young hip adults, is going to be purchased by Rupert Murdock’s News Corp. The deal is worth $580 million and the seller is Intermix Media Inx.

Technology research firm Yankee Group forecasts that digital audio player sales will top 33 million by year’s end, up from slightly more than 10 million 2004.

 

Radio news – July 15, 2005

 Howard Stern reveals that comedian Adam Carolla and ex-rocker David Lee Roth will take over his morning show in Los Angeles, and New York respectively. Stern is counting the days before he moves to Sirius Satellite radio in January.

Don’t miss “The Jeff Foxworthy Countdown” which airs on more than 220 radio stations. Foxworthy also has written 13 books and has a deal for another, “The Redneck Dictionary,” due this fall. He also stars in and produces the WB series “Blue Collar TV.” 

 

Music news – July 15, 2005

Ratings for CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS” are low and some fans are dismayed by the band’s decision to find a new lead singer on the program. Lead Michael Hutchence died of an apparent suicide in 1997 and the program seeks to replace him.  

LL Cool J. aka James Todd Smith is going into movie production with LionsGate Films to produce movies to serve the underserved African American woman.

 Usher (26) has opened a summer camp in his hometown of Atlanta for 150 campers ages 8 to 18. The camp honors their specialties – singing, dancing or basketball.    

An article in the Detroit Free Press, citing colleagues and business associates suggests that Eminem will retire the Eminem persona and concentrate on discovering and producing other artists when the “Anger Management” tour concludes Sept. 17 in Ireland.

 

Television news – July 15, 2005

Brat Camp – the two-hour premiere of the unscripted series chronicling the experiences of nine out-of-control teens at an Oregon wilderness school, comes in at #4 in the overall ratings.

Fox News Channel announces that it has hired former CNN anchor Bill Hemmer as a weekday anchor and correspondent.

Debuting this week on TBS – “Minding the Store” which shows Pauly Shore trying to revive the fortunes of West Hollywood’s Comedy store, owned by his mother.

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 15, 2005

CSI – 12.86

Baseball All-Star Game – 12.33

Without a Trace – 11.71

 Brat Camp – 10.40

NCIS – 9.33

Law & Order SVU – 9.14

All-Star Pre-Game  9.05

Law & Order – 8.85

60 Minutes – 8.71

Big Brother 6 (Tues.) – 8.34

Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 8.14

Law & Order – 8.13

Cold Case – 7.93

Everybody Loves Raymond – 7.93

CSI: Miami – 7.90

 

Top music hits in Britain – July 15, 2005

Ghetto Gospel – 2 Pac Featuring Elton John

You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

Crazy Chick – Charlotte Church

Axel F – Crazy Frog

Shot You Down – Audio Bullys and Nancy Sinatra

 

Top Country Music – July 15, 2005

As Good As I Once Was – Toby Keith

You’ll Be There – George Strait

Something More – Sugarland

Mississippi Girl – Faith Hill

Making Memories of us – Keith Urban

Play Something Country – Brooks & Dunn

Keg in the Closet – Kenny Chesney

Goodbye Time – Blake Shelton

Alcohol – Brad Paisley

Lot of Leavin’ left To Go – Dierks Bently

If Something Should Happen – Darryl Worley

 

Top Rap Music – July 15, 2005

Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls

So Fresh – Miranda

In The Kitchen/Trapped in the Closet (Chapt 1 of 5) – R. Kelly

Big Wheels – Glass Joe Feat. Pretty Ricky

Modern Rock Music/Tracks – July 15, 2005

Beverly Hills – Weezer

Best of You – Foo Fighters

The Hand that Feeds – Nine Inch Hails

B.Y.O.B. – System of a Down

Speed of Sound – Coldplay

Feels Good Inc – Gorillaz

 

Top Pop/Hot Hits Music – July 15, 2005

We Belong Together – Mariah Carey

Don’t Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

Just A Heart – 50 Cent

Inside Your Heaven – Bo Bice

Inside Your Heaven – Carrie Underwood

Don’t Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas

Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls Feat. Busta Rhymes

Behind These Hazel Eyes – Kelly Clarkson

Pon De Replay – Rihanna

Lose Control – Missy Eliott Feat. Clara and Fat Man Scoop

Let Me Hold You – Bow Wow

Switch – Will Smith

Oh – Ciara Feat. Ludacris

Grind With Me – Little Ricky

 

Top Music Albums – July 15, 2005

Somewhere Down in Texas – George Straight

X&Y – Coldplay

The Emancipation of Mimi – Mariah Carey

Monkey Business – Black Eyed Peas

I’m a Hustla – Cassidy

In Your Honor – Foo Fighters

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

Honkytonk University – Toby Keith

Love Angel Music Baby – Gwen Stefani

Mezmerize – System of a Down

Soulife – Anthony Hamilton

The Massacre – 50 Cent

Never Gone – Backstreet Boys

Be Here – Keith Urban

Boyz N Da Hood – Boyz N Da Hood

Who Is Mike Jones? – Mike Jones

The Offspring – Greatest Hits

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